MOS 6694 Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist

MOS 6694 Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist

MOS Description

Aviation Logistics Information Management Systems (ALIMS) Specialist responsibilities encompass a broad spectrum of network infrastructure and information systems operation, installation, and maintenance in support of Marine Corps and Naval Aviation. ALIMS Specialists are accountable for the deployment of tactical local area networks to any theater of operation (from garrison to shipboard to forward deployed joint-service environments) to include hardware and software resources of the network that enable network connectivity, communication, operations and management of Aviation Information Systems (AIS). ALIMS Specialist support computer and network operating systems (O/S) to include Program of Record versions of Linux, Microsoft Windows/Server, CISCO IOS and ALCATEL XOS/AOS in support of AIS. ALIMS Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all Aviation Information Systems (AIS) organic to the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG), including but not limited to: Naval Tactical Command Support System (NTCSS), Optimized Organizational Maintenance Activity (OOMA), Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS), Portable Flight Planning System (PFPS), Off-board Mission Support (OMS), F/A-18 Automated Maintenance Environment (FAME), Integrated Barcode System (IBSONE), NAVAIR Fleet System Array (NFSA), Expeditionary Pack Up Kit (EPUK), Collaborative Automated Maintenance Environment Optimized (CAMEO), Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics System (IMDS) and all associated Portable Electronic Maintenance Aids (PEMA). Administrative tasks include but are not restricted to administrating and operating Special Access Program Facilities (SAPF), developing a monthly ALIMS utilization schedule, publishing IT readiness information, and ensure AIS continuity of operations through high availability disaster recovery procedures.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCDA certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the new CCNA certification.  Please visit the Cisco website for more information.
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Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCDP certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the CCNP Enterprise certification. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCNA Security certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) ce certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP ce exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP ce certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ ce certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.
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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Solaris 11 System Administrator certification is designed for individuals at the professional level who have expanded their mastery of the administration of the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System from the base-level of skills and have a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands, and utilities. The OCP certification covers system administration skills such as configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files. Certification provides a solid foundation on which to base continued learning. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. Candidates are required to be certified at the Oracle Certified Associate level before they are begin the OCP certification process. Candidates must also complete a course delivered by Oracle University Training Center, Oracle Authorized Education Center, Oracle Authorized Partner, Oracle Acadmy, or Oracle Workforce Development Program. Once the training course is completed, candidates are required to pass an exam to obtain the certification.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) is an intermediate level certification that combines IT, engineering and cyber security to achieve security for industrial control systems from design through retirement. GICSP is a collaborative effort between GIAC and representatives from a global industry consortium involving organizations that design, deploy, operate and/or maintain industrial automation and control system infrastructure. GICSP validates a base level of knowledge and understanding across a diverse set of professionals who engineer or support control systems and share responsibility for the security of these environments. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) is an intermediate-level IT security credential. The CIPT is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for the development, engineering, deployment, or auditing of IT products and services. Earning the CIPT credential demonstrates knowledge of privacy-related issues and practices in the context of the design and implementation of information and communication technologies. There are no experiential or educational requirements for earning the CIPT; IAPP recommends that those pursuing the CIPT certification prepare for the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
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The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): App Builder credential validates an individual has the skills needed to build modern mobile and/or web applications and services. Earning an MCSD: App Builder certification qualifies an individual for a position as an application developer. Candidates must hold a MCSA: Web Application or MCSA: Universal Windows Platform certification prior to sitting for the required exam. Candidates must successfully pass one of the required exams to earn the MCDS: App Builder certification.
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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (Inside Plant) (FOT-ISP) credential is for technicians who install fiber optic cabling inside plants. FOT-ISPs service, terminate, troubleshoot, test, splice and fix optic transmission cable, connection devices, links and spans used in premises, LANs, enterprise and data center installations. Prior experience in optical fiber cabling and understanding of optical fiber transmissions basics is recommended. Candidates must understand the National Electrical Code (NEC) safety regulations. Candidates must pass both a written and practical exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for associate-level jobs in the IT industry.  Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of fundamental concepts including network fundamentals, security, and automation and programmability.  Although there are no formal experience or education prerequisites, a candidate is recommended to have one or more years experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions as well as an understanding of basic IP addressing and network fundamentals.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is an intermediate-level certification for networking professionals.  The CCNP Enterprise certification program is designed to validate skills in core enterprise technologies and provide an opportunity to select a focus on emerging and industry specific topics.  To earn the CCNA Enterprise certification, candidates must pass a core exam and a concentration exam of their choosing.  The core exam focuses on knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including architecture, visualization, network assurance, security and automation.  While there are no prerequisites, candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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